The first part of the book situates the participatory turn in the context of contemporary religious studies the second part shows how this approach can be applied to various global traditions ancient and contemporary from western esotericism to jewish mysticism christianity hinduism sufism and socially engaged buddhism. Acknowledgments introduction the participatory turn in spirituality mysticism and religious studies jorge n ferrer and jacob h sherman. Ferrer jorge n and sherman jacob h the participatory turn spirituality mysticism religious studies albany ny state university of new york press 2008 spirituality can be studied in its own terms or through the lens of an exterior. Embracing the linguistic turn in religious studies entails abandoning all efforts to assess the epistemic status of private consciousness or suprasensible experiences of the real the sacred or the holy more positively it involves. The participatory turn spirituality mysticism religious studies edited by jorge n ferrer and jacob h sherman imprint albany ny state university of new york press c2008
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